17 August 2017
The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia has opened its 2017 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards, which offer young farmers and rural youth the opportunity to pursue personal and professional development to ultimately benefit their local communities.
Applications are now being accepted for the following awards:
- The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship for Young Farmerssponsored by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is an $8000 grant for a young farmer (aged 18-35) to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project. DEWNR is committed to supporting communities and industry to make decisions and take action to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources.
- The Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) is a $5000 grant for rural young people (aged 18-30) working in a rural community, not necessarily in agriculture, to undertake further study in their chosen career with an ultimate benefit to their community.
The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship for Young Farmers honours the memory of the late Peter Olsen, a serving member of the Advisory Board of Agriculture who was killed in a Whyalla plane crash in 2000. The Scholarship acknowledges Peter and his wife Wendy’s passion for environmental management and advocates for sustainable farming practices.
Mark Grossman, Chair of the Ag Bureau, says that successful recipients for each award are chosen on their abilities, achievements, vision and motivation for success.
“The Ag Bureau of SA is proud to continue to encourage and support rural youth who are working not only in primary production but in careers that sustain rural communities,” said Mr Grossman.
“We encourage all members of the community to nominate and encourage applicants.
“The Bureau also acknowledges the support of both the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Primary Industries and Regions SA, which allows us to provide these prestigious scholarships.”
Award winners will be presented at the Ag Bureau’s Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on 12 October.
9 May 2017